eStem Public Charter Schools has named Cherie Labat as its new chief executive officer. The career educator was selected after nationwide search for the position, eStem said in a news release.
Labat most recently served as the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the Mississippi Cyber Defense Initiative at the University of Southern Mississippi. She also worked as a superintendent, principal and assistant principal of two school districts and as the assistant dean and career and technical director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
"Dr. Labat's passion about education was clear from the outset, and her dedication to her students is unwavering," eStem Board President Vernard Henley said in a statement. "We are thrilled to welcome her to the eStem community as we embark on this new chapter of leadership."
"My life's work is helping children reach their greatest potential," Labat said in a statement. "As the daughter of two educators, I realized my calling at a very young age, and I believe I have a moral obligation to provide opportunities for college, career and enlistment preparation for all students."
John Bacon, eStem's former CEO, retired at the end of 2022. Mark Milhollen served as interim CEO.